NFL Draft Q&A With QB John Beck

Don't expect BYU quarterback John Beck to have any rookie jitters. He's already dead-set on winning a Super Bowl and having a Hall of Fame career. And if that sounds overly ambitious, you need to learn more about this special player and person in this exclusive interview with's Ed Thompson.

Ed Thompson: You had an incredible senior year completing more than sixty percent of your passes in more than half your games. Do you feel you are stronger with your short passes, medium range or are you just a guy that has it all?

John Beck: I think I can make every throw and I firmly believe that. I think if you look back to my 2004 season, we were strictly a deep ball team. You know, Sports Illustrated rated my wide receiver the best deep threat in the nation. Well, you can't have the best deep threat in the nation if the quarterback can't get the ball to him. At one time during my career we were considered to be the top deep threat team in the nation. Then you go into the following year and we threw more intermediate to short passes. So I feel like I can do all of them well. It's just a matter of what's that team's strength? Do we want to shoot the deep ball or do we want to be great at the short to intermediate game?

ET: Let's talk a little bit about what you have been up to just this past month because I know April was a busy time for you.

JB: My Pro Day was actually at the end of March. So, there is a lot of preparation for going into the pros and I tried to make it as best as I possibly could. I felt like I did pretty well at the Combine, but I felt like I could show some more things at my Pro Day. Since then, quarterback coaches from the Rams, Jets and Panthers came out here to work me out. And I had Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron and their GM, Randy Mueller come out to see me workout as well.

ET: Did you have any teams coming up asking you questions or talking to you on your Pro Day?

JB: Yeah, quarterback coaches from the Ravens, Chiefs and Browns.

ET: Who were your formal interviews with at the Combine?

JB: Bengals, Eagles, Vikings, Texans, Dolphins, many others. I mean, every night I was there I had four hours of meetings.

ET: How did you hold up through that?

JB: It was tough, just because you aren't hardly getting any sleep. You're in that constant interview mode every single night. When I was there, I was so fired up and so excited to be in the situation that it didn't really hit me until I got home.

ET: How about the actual Pro Day experience. Did you feel like you were "on" that day?

JB: Yeah, I felt pretty good. I think I threw like sixty-five balls with the only incompletions coming on drops. I felt good on that day and I felt like my guys had good days also. It was a pretty close to perfect day.

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ET: Talk to me a little bit about your pocket presence. Are you someone that feels he has really strong peripheral vision or do you just have that sixth sense of knowing when pressuring is coming?

JB: It is something that I work on constantly. But there will be times in games when I will go back and watch the film and I will be like, "I wonder what caused me to avoid that guy?" Because, I can't remember seeing him during the game. I remember watching something on Tom Brady once where he would say sometimes you watch stuff on film and you don't even remember why you made that move or why you did that, made that decision, but you did it and it worked. That's because you practice, practice, practice, but there's also an ability that comes with that practice.

ET: John, what are you looking forward to the most about getting started with an NFL team?

JB: Well, right now, just getting in to camp and playing football. Every time I work out here in our weight room, it's during BYU spring practice. And I see those guys out there in their pads and out there in their helmets, and I am thinking "Man, when's my time going to get here to be on a football field and practicing with a team?" I just love practicing and I love being out there. So I just can't wait to get the pads back on, be wearing some team's helmet, be able to represent that organization and get out there.

ET: One thing that's got to be pretty attractive to some of these pro teams is your ability to roll out…

JB: It's funny because I had a couple of teams that would say "well, we want to see you throw on the run." You know, sometimes I wonder where teams get certain things that they want to see because I feel like I kind of showed it during my films, but I never once have yet come across a question where they say we want to see something and I am worried thinking maybe I can't do that. This process to make it to the NFL, to be good in the NFL, didn't just start when I stepped on BYU's campus. It didn't start when I stepped on my high school or my junior high campus. This journey began when I was a little kid. So, at night, throwing out in the front yard with my dad, throwing in the street, marking yard markers with spray paint on the road in front of our house, all this kind of stuff was for this. So I feel like I have worked on every single aspect of my game and continue to do that. I constantly work on my decision making, on my accuracy, on my timing on my throws, on my pocket presence, because, all of those things might be my strengths, but they are also things that can continually get better.

ET: Boy, I have to tell you John, listening to you talk, I have great admiration for your dedication and your focus on your goal. Have you thought about when the team calls out your name, the weight of that moment with all of the build up and all you have put in to this, how big of a moment that is going to be in your life?

JB: I think it is going to be awesome. I've watched on the NFL channel those draft memories where they show guys and they swell up with tears in their eyes. I think I am going to feel that way just because I've put so much work in to it. But the one thing I don't want to do is at that moment say "I did it." At that moment I want to say "Yes, that step was taken; now there's a lot more steps to go." My journey wasn't ever to make it to the NFL, my journey was to get in to the NFL and to be great. I know when I step in to rookie camp, everything is going to be different. The terminology is going to be different. The coaching style is going to be different. The environment is going to be different. But, just like I was looking forward to going to the Combine, there was not one ounce of fear, of wonderment, of "hey, am I going to be able to succeed here?" That didn't even enter my mind. I can't wait for practice, to be in some team's film room and to have the janitor tell me, "hey, you've got to leave because we have to lock up." I am looking forward to that moment.

ET: Safe to say, you are not going to be a guy who is satisfied until there's just nothing left in the tank and you feel like you've set your self up for a Hall of Fame nomination?

JB: Yeah, and a Super Bowl. I want to have a Super Bowl ring, and I want some team, that while I am there, they have a feeling like "this is going to be a guy that can take us there." That's why I play the game of football. I don't play it to have my teammates and the coaches around me say "that guy is pretty good." I want them to say "man, when this guy was on the field, when he was under the center, we felt like we could accomplish anything and we could win and beat any team."

Learn more about John Beck at his player profile page. And if you missed the first half of this interview with him, click here to read it.

A member of the Professional Football Writers of America, Ed Thompson's NFL and college football player interviews and features have been published across the network and syndicated through's NFL team pages.

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